Annie Hancock maintains a hybrid practice, advising clients on both corporate finance transactions and litigation disputes.
In her corporate practice, Annie advises on a wide range of transactions, with a particular focus on special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). As a litigator, Annie focuses her practice on defending clients in investigations and enforcement actions before the Securities & Exchange Commission. She routinely advises private equity firms, hedge funds, and other investment advisers regarding their obligations under the federal securities laws, often in connection with SEC examinations. Annie also advises clients in a broad array of industries in connection with government and internal investigations.
In addition, Annie has significant experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes, and has experience in all stages of litigation, including drafting complaints and dispositive motions, managing all aspects of discovery, and preparing for depositions and trial.
- Counseled numerous investment advisers and fund managers in connection with SEC examinations and enforcement matters, including responses to exams, deficiency letters, and investigative subpoenas.
- Represents multiple clients at various stages of active federal and state litigation.
- Advised large, publicly traded company in multi-year SEC investigation involving allegations of misleading public statements and accounting fraud, and successfully represented company before the SEC.
- Member of trial team for TravelCenters of America in highly expedited proceedings in Delaware Court of Chancery concerning the purported termination of a business-critical merchant contract, which resulted in favorable judgment and an award of attorneys' fees.
- Member of trial team for Elliott Management in high profile bankruptcy litigation over the sale of Energy Future Holdings' assets.
- Lead counsel for transgendered prisoner in federal district court litigation spanning several years over access to adequate medical care, which involved a five-day evidentiary hearing, extensive briefing, and oral argument. The decision is still pending.
- Co-author, “Steps For Cos. Reacting To Anonymous Short-Seller Claims,” Law360 (March 6, 2020)
- Co-author, “INSIGHT: So You’ve Got A Shareholder-Nominated Director … Now What? Practical Considerations for General Counsel,” Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate on Bloomberg Law (August 31, 2018)
- Co-author, “Short Activism: The Rise in Anonymous Online Short Attacks,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (November 27, 2017)
- Co-speaker, “Nuts & Bolts of SPACs,” Securities & Exchange Commission (April 2021)
- Co-speaker, “What You Need To Know About SPACs from an Investment Adviser Regulatory Perspective & Related Litigation Risk,” Ropes & Gray SPAC Webinar Series (March 2021)
- Co-speaker, “Shareholder Activism: Proxy Contest Case Study,” Harvard Law School Seminar (2015 - 2018)
- Co-speaker, “Shareholder Activism: Proxy Contest Case Study,” Boston University Law School Seminar (2018)
- JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 2014; The William L. and Lillian Berger Achievement Prize; Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar; G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar
- BA, cum laude, Williams College, 2009
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2014
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts